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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by danisOTR, May 13, 2021.
Living vicariously through your ride guys! Seeing your photos makes me jealous
Thanks for all your advice last month. We will be doing the PCH next week. Then the coast from San Francisco through Oregon. We will be at the MOA rally in Montana. Good excuse for you to get on the road!
5/25/2021 Tuesday Grand Canyon back to Williams, AZ
We decided we would head back to Williams for the evening. We wanted to take showers and do load of laundry.
It was a short hop back and we were sitting down in the same dinner from Saturday morning. I did a quick check and the same hotel we had been at had a $52 rate. Sold.
We were able to check in before noon and we were quickly unloaded. Everything we had been wearing for the previous two days NEEDED to be washed. My pants were ready to walk away by themselves. I did the honors this time. I took the clothes and the laptop one block to the laundromat. I took full advantage of the forty minutes doing my bookkeeping and catching up on our blog.
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5/26/2021 Wednesday Williams, AZ to Prescott Valley AZ
Today we were heading to a home stay. A childhood friend of Patti’s who had been following us on Facebook had reached out and invited us to stay with he and his significant other, Emma.
We had been taking full advantage of their offer and had been having items shipped to them. They kindly received too many packages and had them waiting for us.
The route we chose to get to Prescott Valley was taking us through Sedona. To get there we rode down 89A from Flagstaff. Another great road. It descends on curves and switchbacks through the red rocks.
We parked in Sedona and searched out some coffee. After a flew blocks we had to cross the main road to get to a shop serving Starbucks. We ordered and sat outside enjoying the view of the red hills that surround Sedona.
Afterwards we walked a few more blocks. The shops were mainly tourist shops with the usual fare. We didn’t want or need more tourist crap.
Back to the bikes and on 89A again. Cottonwood then up the to Jerome. Again, the road got twisty climbing up into Jerome and then further up over Mingus Mountain.
Descending we finally ended up in Prescott Valley. We made a stop at Walmart and then crossed back across town and easily found Emma and Wills house.
They were waiting for us and we rode the bikes onto the concrete pad in front of their house. We were warmly greeted as we took our gear off and started to remove the bags and cooler.
The balance of the afternoon was spent getting to know each other. Patti and will had not really kept in touch over the years. Will had lived in Burlington, VT neat where we spent 2000-2019. They had crossed paths and had seen each other at high school reunions. But that was about it.
Will is also an adventurer on two wheels as well. But he does it the hard way and peddles. After he retired from a career at the US Post Office, he did a cross county ride. He peddled across the northern US states then down the west coast ending up at a friend and former coworker who lived in Prescott Valley.
He stayed the winter and spent time volunteering at a senior community where he met Emma. He decided he was done with the north country and ended up relocating to Prescott Valley.
We had volunteered to cook while we were there but were told that that would not happen. That night Will cooked homemade stuffed shells. This combined with garlic bread made for a welcome break from jetboil meals, sandwiches and dinner out.
We spend the rest of the evening visiting with Will sharing stories and information about is cross country ride.
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5/27/2021 Thursday Prescott Valley, AZ
Will has a passion for cappuccinos. He orders special bean, grinds them and brews them in a Moka Pot. He also has a milk frother. This made for a great cappuccino. Will and I sat outside enjoying our drinks and getting to know each other.
When Patti got up Will made her a cappuccino and refreshed ours. Emma busied herself in the yard taking advantage of the cooler air to get her outside chores done.
I had made an appointment at Sunburst Motors to have the oil changed on the bikes and new Shinko 705 installed on mine. The one on it had another thousand left on it but I wanted to take advantage of having access to a shop.
New tire loaded along with the oil change kit from Beemer Boneyard I headed over to Sunburst. I arrived just as they were opening.
I was greeted by Pharaoh the owner. I took off the Jesse’s and he rolled it right onto a lift. I was sitting for a few minutes when Pharaoh asked me to join him in the garage to show me that a couple of the rubber bushings were broken on the bash plate. I wasn’t too worried as the South West Motech engine guard actually holds up the front part of the bash plate. I showed him that he had to loosen the cross member to release the spacer below the plate.
After the plate was off, he removed the drain plug then we went in search of the filter wrench. It turns out he did not have the correct size. I had ordered one with the oil change kit. I called Patti and asked if will could run it over.
As we waited, we got to work on the rear tire. I pulled the brake caliper as he spun off the wheel studs. You know how the rest goes. He even changed the valve stem. Tire spun to balance and back on it went.
Will showed up with the wrench and Pharaoh went about finishing the oil change. After the bike was off the lift we went to settle up. I had asked for a quote from Carol, Pharaoh’s wife. I told him how much I was quoted. He ended up spending more than 90 minutes working and was going to charge me the quoted price of $72. I gave him $80 cash.
I was still waiting for fork seal for Patti’s bike and asked that I be called when it came in. So, I was going to have to come back on Saturday.
Back at the house Will, Patti and I headed out to do a hike. Will drove us to Lynx Lake a local recreation area. We took off onto the trail. It was an easy hike around the lake. It was nice to stretch our legs and commune with nature for a while.
After the hike Will drove us into Prescott but first, we went up above the town looking down over the rooftops to the city below. Then we went on 89A to get a preview of what we had in store for us when we left heading towards Joshua Tree. He pulled off and we had a commanding view of the roadway below.
We rode back into Prescott and Will showed us downtown and told us about the buildings and some of the history.
When we left we headed to the Granite Dell’s. This rock formation was very unique. They almost appear fake. We hiked into the rocks for a few hundred yards. We didn’t have too much time and the trail was not going to bring us to any view-points any time soon.
Back in the car we headed back to the house. On the way back we stopped at a hardware store so I could pick some wrenches that I needed to change the cam chain tensioner (CCT) that I had shipped with the oil change kits.
Back at the house I started to take out the stock CCT. Because it is in such a tight space, I could only turn the head of the bolt less than an eighth of a turn at a time. It took 10 minutes or so to get the old CCT out. Then it was time for the new one. That one did not go so fast. It took around 30 minutes to get the new one properly seated. The bike is much quieter with this upgrade.
Dinner was being prepared when I finished. Homemade chicken quesadilla’s courtesy of Emma. Delicious!
We spent another evening chit chatting. Emma and Will taught Patti to place a dice game of 10,000 also called Dirty on Your Neighbor.
5/28/2021 Friday Prescott Valley, AZ
Another morning with Cappuccino courtesy of Will. Today we were going to take a road trip to Arcosanti. https://www.arcosanti.org/.
“In 1970, The Cosanti Foundation began construction of Arcosanti, a prototype arcology in the higher-elevation Arizona desert that proved to become a testing ground for Soleri’s progressive urban planning concepts. Over the subsequent decades, workshop volunteers, known as Arcosanti Alumni, began to build the iconic architecture of the Arcosanti we know today.”
It was a short ride to get to the site. The last mile is down a dirt washboard road. What you first see is concrete structures. Unfortunately, we found out we would have needed reservations to take the tour. We were welcome to watch a short movie about the community. We were also allowed to take a walk on a trial below the welcome center.
On display in the welcome center is unique artwork produced by the artists in residence on the compound. There were innumerable chimes of various designs and sizes. There was also jewelry and table art.
Will, Patti and I took the trail out into the desert and climbed to a view point looking back over at the compound. Unfortunately, it did not give us a good view of the building. We could see where some of the artists were working in an open-air area.
We walked back to the welcome center where we sat in the shade and discussed the facility and how we wished we had had the opportunity to tour inside.
We left Arcosanti and headed towards downtown Prescott. When we arrived, Will scored a nice parking spot adjacent to the downtown area which is anchored by the Courthouse Plaza.
We walked into the Lone Spur Café for lunch. After lunch we strolled did some window shopping and strolled up Whiskey Row. We stepped into the Palace Restaurant and Saloon, the scene for many movies going back decades.
Our last stop was for some locally produced ice cream. We sat on the Courthouse Plaza enjoying our ice cream and the shade.
We headed back to the car and then back to Prescott Valley ending a nice road trip.
Later in the evening Will made hamburgers and steamed corn on the grill. Traditional Memorial Day Fair. After dinner Emma, Patti and Will were back playing Dirty on Your Neighbor.
5/29/2021 Saturday Prescott Valley, AZ
Another 0 Day. I did take Patti’s bike to Sunburst to get the oil changed. The fork seal had not arrived and I made arrangements for Carol at Sunburst to forward it to out next home stay in Riverside, CA.
The rest of the day we just hung out with Emma and Will. Will continued to treat us to great food. For dinner Will made pesto, pasta and chicken. In between meals Patti, Emma and Will entertained themselves playing Ten Thousand. They were pretty spirited tossing the dice and exchanging some trash talk.
Throughout the day Will continued to offer great insight on the roads we are going to be covering in the next several weeks. We took copious notes that will help us better enjoy our travel.
5/30/2021 Sunday Prescott Valley, CA to Blythe, CA
Back on the road. We left Emma and Will this morning heading to California. The initial ride over Route 89 was another great motorcycle road. Up and down, twist and turns for several miles.
We passed by the memorial to the Granite Mountain Hot Shots. Nineteen perished June 30, 2013 when they were overrun by a forest fire they were fighting. We had watched the movie about the catastrophe a couple of days earlier.
We transitioned to route 71 Congress and then onto Route 60 as we went through Aguila where we fueled and shared a Gatorade. On 60 the temperature continued to rise. We were well into the high 80’s with a hot breeze blowing across the road. We started to see RV Parks. There were dozens one next to the other as we continued on 60 on our way to Route 10.
The California border was crossed on Route 10 a few miles before we reached Blythe where we had reserved a room for the evening. We wanted to be in striking distance of Joshua Tree so we could get a campground.
When we arrived at the hotel the temperature had reached 100 degrees. But it’s a dry heat. Ha ha. We went for an early dinner at a close by Mexican restaurant. We retreated to our hotel room afterwards to escape the heat and plan for the following day.
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5/31/2021 Monday Blythe, CA to Joshua Tree, CA
From Blythe we got on Route 10 heading west. In 70 miles we were off and heading north up Cotton Springs Road. This connects to Pinto Basin Road and which through the center of Joshua Tree until you reach Park Road.
These are great roads with lots of twists, turns and elevation gains and losses. The elevations were significant enough to go from HOT to comfortable back to HOT. There are numerous pull offs. We passed bouldering areas, and The Cholla Cactus Garden. They are also known as Teddy Bear Cactus although I would not want to hug them.
We were on these roads for 90 minutes ending up in the town of Joshua Tree. We rolled into town and stopped at a gas station that had a Subway Sandwich inside.
There were no seats inside and we had to sit on the ground on the side of the building in the 18 inches of shade that was there. Refreshed and hydrated we fed the bikes. I forgot how expensive gas is in California. We paid $4.49.9 a gallon for premium. Ouch. Also, I had not had to deal with the vapor recovery “foreskin” on the end of the nozzle. It took me a minute to figure out you had to hold the foreskin back to get the gas to flow.
The Black Rock Campground was several hundred feet above the valley floor. We climbed the hill until we reached the Campground. We found our site easily and spent time figuring out where to place the tent to take advantage of what little shade there was. The shade was provided by Joshua Trees which don’t grow very tall.
Tent positioned I rode down the hill again to the Walmart which was directly down from the park entrance. Masks are still required in California. Complying I entered the store and made quick busines of the shopping.
Back in the heat I loaded the bike and pointed it up the hill. As I climbed the temperature went down slightly. At our site we iced the cooler and put our groceries away.
As it grew towards dusk, we climbed up a knoll nearby, looked down on the Yucca Valley and watched the sky change colors as the sun went down.
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6/1/2021 Tuesday Joshua Tree, CA
A hike was in order today. However, we needed to get going early to beat the heat. It was already above 80 before we headed into the dessert. We were both carrying 2 liters of water in our back backs.
The trail was not well marked and we had to be careful not to go astray. We picked our way carefully through the scrub. This was our first-time hiking when the snakes were out. Our previous hikes were in the dessert winter and the snakes were hibernating.
We winded our way slowly upwards. Again, the trail was not marked so there was backtracking and making our own way to re-connect with what we thought was the correct way. We finally made it to a vista point. It was not the highest ridge but it was high enough. We had not intended to do this trail bit we were glad we made the wrong turn somewhere along the way.
The view was expansive looking down into the Yucca Valley. After a few pictures were snapped and the site enjoyed we worked our down the hill. The trail below was visible and we made our way to it. Another 30 minutes we were back at our site.
The temperature rose to 90+ degrees. We spend most of the rest of the day chasing the shade. We took advantage of the shade on a picnic table and culled more excess items from our load to ship back. This makes 5 medium USPS shipping boxes going back to NY. I still can’t understand how all panniers are still full as is both of our Wolfman bags. We still look like the Beverly Hillbillies going down the road.
Our cooler is giving up the ghost. We used it last summer’s 10,000 mile trip. It has also served us for the 6000 miles of this trip so far. But the seams are torn. We need to find something more heavy duty. Ideally, I’d like to find something wider and less tall. Now when I strap it to the top of the Wolfman on my bike it sits several inches above my top case.
I made a quick trip to the post office and stopped by a store to pick up a couple of bags of ice. The ice does not last long in this heat.
The evening was spent listening to music, enjoying the views while sipping our cocktails.
6/2/2021 Wednesday Joshua Tree to Cathedral City, CA
Today was a quick trip from Joshua Tree to Cathedral City. We dropped almost 3700 feet in elevation. As the elevation went down the temperature went up. When we left the temperature was in the mid 80’s. Forty minutes later the temperature was in the high 90’s.
We are going to be enjoying a home stay until next Tuesday. Another one of Patti’s childhood friends is welcoming in their homes in Cathedral City and Riverside, CA.
We spent the afternoon chilling. A dip in the pool then back to work writing up several days of our blog.
Nora came up at 7 and we enjoyed a great reunion. Spaghetti and meatballs and a long evening of catching up.
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I am really enjoying your RR here and the fantastic pictures. Thanks very much for taking the time to post it.
See you in Great Falls!
That’s great. We look forward to seeing you.
6/4/2021 Friday Cathedral City to Riverside via Corona.
I had made arrangements to take Patti’s bike to be serviced at Liors Moto Ride in Corona. The fork seal still needed to be done and it was suggested that the front brakes get flushed.
We left Cathedral City just before 8 for the 1:15 minute ride into Corona. We had to go on Route 10 for the first half of the trip after which we would connect with Route 91.
Traffic on Route 10 was heavy but moving at a quick pace. After twenty miles or so we moved to the second lane from the left and were traveling around 70 with two lanes of tractor trailers to our right and cars whizzing by us on the left. All of a sudden Patti let me know her bike died. WHAT! What a pro she has become. She calmly negotiated herself with the clutch pulled in rolling between the tractor trailers to the breakdown lane. No panic, she just did it.
I was able to put the same thing off and we parked on the shoulder with the cars and trucks blowing by us. We both dismounted but not before putting on our flashers. I checked over a couple of things but nothing was apparent.
Shortly after we stopped a tow truck pulled up behind us. He took a few minutes before exiting but came over to inquire what the problem was. He could not tow us. We have AAA RV coverage. (It’s paid for itself every year we’ve had it). He was not affiliated and could not call them for us. He insisted that we could not stay where we were.
There was a exit ramp 100 yards past where we were. He wanted us to get the bikes off there. It was a downward slope and he offered to push Patti on her bike. Patti thought he was going to push her with his truck but it was just a hand push.
The road and ramp were deceiving. The slope was such that she was able to coast the bike to the end of the exit ramp and still had enough momentum to take a right off the ramp and then a u-turn to face the bike back towards the highway. Fortunately, the road basically dead-ended at the end of the ramp and there was little traffic.
I contacted Lior and told him what had happened and that we would be late. I then contacted AAA to get them moving.
While we waited I broke out my tools and try to do some diagnosing. No fuel coming through the injectors again but there was spark. The fuel pump wasn’t priming again.
When we were in AZ we had this same problem that I had traced back to some lose wires on the connector going to the wiring harness to the fuel pump plate. I was able to seat the lose wire and get the bike going. I copped together a better connection but still nothing. Lior suggested that I check the fuse. I did and it was blown. I replaced it and the replacement blew. Short?
It had been almost two hours and we heard from the tow truck company that the driver was just 15 minutes out. With that information I buttoned things back up and prepared for the drivers arrival.
Daniel arrived in 15 minutes as promised. He was a real nice guy. He knows BMW’s and was fascinated by ours. He knew of Lior and where his shop was. We had the bike loaded and strapped down in a few minutes and he was off.
We geared up and set off back on Route 10. We did not pass Daniel until we had transitioned to Route 91.
At Liors I did my best to describe what was going on and what I had already done. His shop was full and had been saving a lift for us. After 10 minutes Daniel arrived and he and I got the bike off the truck. I thanked and tipped Daniel and he was on his way.
Lior rolled the 1100 onto the lift. He looked at the cob job I had done. He said the bike was low and I had to explain that I had switched the peg plates to GS style and it made it appear the bike was low.
He checked and found that there was no power to the injectors. I tried to help for a few minutes but realized that I was more in his way than helping. The spare HES I had Reto rewire was sitting at Nora and Jim’s house in Riverside. He did not have a spare and we discussed me bringing it back just in case.
We had made arrangements to meet my sister Eileen for lunch at a Cheesecake Factory at the Tyler Mall in Riverside. I had let her know we were running late. We made it there by 12:30 and she had already arranged for a table.
We had not seen each other for two years. Funny I just verified that it was almost exactly two years to the day.
We ordered and spent out time (it was pretty long) catching up. We had been in contact fairly regularly lately but it was great to sit face-to-face and discuss how our lives were going. There have been some ups and downs in our family as of late, none that I wish to put out here.
After a couple of hours, we said our goodbyes she heading an hour southwest to home and us heading to Nora and Jim’s, twenty minutes away.
At their house we brought in a few items and stripped off most of our gear. They were dog sitting “Yeager” their grand puppy. He did not know what to make of me as I entered the house and he spend much of the afternoon hiding from us.
At 3:30 I heard from Lior asking that I bring the HES. He was leaving for the weekend shortly and suggested I could leave it by the door to his shop prior to Monday.
Patti had promised to make chicken enchiladas for dinner. She put together the shopping list and I headed to the grocery store to collect what was needed.
Jim and Nora got home within a short time of each other and Patti got to putting dinner together as I mixed cocktails.
We spent and enjoyable evening catching up, talking about what was going on in our lives, our travels and such. Jim got the jacuzzi heated up and we spent some time getting our skin pruned up as Nora continued to regale us with stories about her kindergarteners. I called it quits at 11:30 while the rest of the troops carried on.
Quick update. More to follow. Patti’s bike has been fixed. Lose wire to the fuel pump inside the tank. Poor work on the connections by yours truly when I swapped it while we were in Arizona in March.
Worked performed by Liors Moto Ride in Corona.
169 North Maple Street H
Corona CA 92880
He works Mondays!
Up the PCH tomorrow!
Glad to see you two are back on the road again. It looks like you're following some of the same route that I took last summer too. I'm looking forward to reading your perspective on it.
Nice to hear from you Dave. Hope all is well. Still having fond memories of the BLM site and Glacier
6/5/2021 Saturday Riverside to Lake Arrowhead
Nora and Jim wanted to take us to their Lake Arrowhead House. Who are we to turn down an invitation like that?
We packed up Nora’s car with everything needed to spend the evening in wooded paradise and hit the road.
Speaking of the road that was an adventure in itself. Over the 16 miles of twists and turns we gained over 5000 feet of elevations. The temperature dropped as we rose. By the time we got to their place it was a very comfortable 75 degrees.
We pulled into the garage and emptied our food and gear into the house after which we were given a tour. It is quite the place. The main living area is on the highest part of the house as the house itself is perched on the steep hillside. The bedroom areas are downstairs. At first, we thought it only went down one level. We were in for a surprise as Jim pulled on the frame of a bookcase and it swung open revealing another set of stairs heading down to an even lower level. It was set up for their grandkids with a sleeping nook built into the wall.
We headed back up and mixed some cocktails and went out onto the deck. We were perched 30 feet of the ground with a huge cedar tree dominating the hillside.
After a brief respite we headed back down the hill towards the village. As all the houses are set up on the hillsides the roads twist and climbs then goes down again.
As we approached the lake, we had to take a set of concrete stairs down to the waters edge. There is a path that runs almost the entire circumference of lake. People who have homes on the lakefront itself have this path running between their homes and the lake and or their dock which may be below their home. I say below because almost all the houses sit 30 or so feet above the waters edge.
We walked the shoreline until we came to the village where we had a couple of cocktails and an appetizer to bolster ourselves for the climb back up to the house.
In the evening we sat swapping stories about our kids, careers and generally just catching up.
6/7/2021 Monday Riverside, CA
Lior had asked that I bring the HES to his shop. I arrived before 9 and waited for him to get in.
He got straight to it when he arrived. Fortunately, before he went to swap the HES he made a discovery that made him switch his diagnosis. He realized that the fuel pump did power up for a moment until the fuse popped. He correctly determined that there was a loose wire inside the tank connected to the fuel pump.
He pulled the tank and removed the plate that holds the pump inside the tank. Sure enough the wiring job I had done when we were back in Green Valley had failed and one of the wires had fallen out of the connector due to a poor crimp.
He went back a forth about what to do and decided that he would repatch the wires. This time he would solder the wires rather than use crimp connectors.
Within 30 minutes he had everything back together and the bike fired right up. He re-bolted the tank and put the pretty pieces on. After that I loaded all the bags and made it ready to go.
I returned to Jim and Nora’s to get Patti. Nora's grandkids were visiting and they wanted their picture taken on my bike.
We waited until after lunch and made the return trip to Corona to pick up her biked. Bill paid in cash and we were on our way.
We went back to Nora and Jim’s for our last afternoon and evening with them.